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  Architecture & Engineering


By Clair Enlow

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August 1, 2012

Design Perspectives: Miracle on Pier 57

  • The Seattle Great Wheel seems to have defied the Seattle Process. It did not trigger special public involvement requirements or generate complaints from neighbors.
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    It's good for the waterfront and the city. It appeared almost instantly. And it just would not have happened in a “natural” way.

    By these measures, the Seattle Great Wheel is nothing less than a miracle. It's now letting tourists and Seattleites see the city again as if for the first time. They glide in the comfort of quiet Swiss-made gondola cabs to a height of 200 feet over the waters of Elliott Bay.

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